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Demi Lovato will be replaced by Ariel Winter on the NBC sitcom Hungry

Ariel Winter’s new TV appearance will mark the former child star’s official transition into adult starring.

The “Modern Family” alum, 24, has got the lead role in Demi Lovato’s upcoming NBC sitcom Hungry.

Lovato, 29, was set to star in and produce the comedy series, but they were forced to step down from the show due to scheduling conflicts.

The “Cool for the Summer” singer will still be executive producer along with her manager Scooter Braun.

The multi-cam production is penned by “Hot In Cleveland” screenwriter Suzanne Martin and directed by TV director James Burrows (“Cheers”, “Friends”).

“Hungry” tells the story of a group of friends who attend a food support group and help each other as they search for love, success, and that perfect thing in the fridge that will make everything better.

Valerie Bertinelli, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Ryan McPartlin, Anna Akana and Ashley D. Kelley have been added as co-stars. The former Disney Channel star’s project was first announced in January 2021.

Veteran sitcom star and Food Network chef Bertinelli, 61, was previously seen filming a scrapped version of the “Hungry” pilot in Central Park in July 2021.

Winter takes on Lovato as Teddy, a food stylist trying to develop a healthy relationship with food while dating men. Bertinelli plays Teddy’s mother, Lisa, who owns a restaurant and has her own weight issues.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Ariel Winter of Modern Family attends Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE New York Upfronts Party on May 13, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE)
Ariel Winter has landed the lead in Demi Lovato’s NBC comedy.
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The role marks a comeback for the former Modern Family child star. The winter went through a struggle with depressionher own public weight loss and several high profile hair color changes after a struggle for control of her career with her former mother, she claims to have “sexualized” her as a child.

Meanwhile, the show appeared to be a good match for Lovato, as they’ve openly discussed Struggling with body image issues and eating disorders in the past. Lovato has managed both anorexia and bulimia throughout her career, and in recent years has focused on body positivity.

In your 2017 YouTube documentary “Simply Complicated”, Lovato spoke about eating being “the biggest challenge in my life,” and they opened up about their eating issues.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: Demi Lovato is seen arriving at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Demi Lovato’s NBC sitcom Hungry has landed her new lead.
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“When I was in one relationship with Wilmer [Valderrama] I didn’t clean for three years and when we broke up that was one of the first things I did,” they said on the special at the time. “The less I have to think about food, the easier it is to have a normal life and I don’t want to disappoint anyone, so I’m very ashamed when I make a mistake.”

Lovato added that her relapse occurred when they started missing their ex. “And when I’m feeling lonely my heart feels hungry and I end up overflowing,” continued the “Dancing With the Devil” singer. Her problems with eating began as a child, they explained, with binge eating beginning at age 8 after the birth of her younger sister.

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